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Bulimia: Latest Medical Breakthroughs

Tuesday, 08 Mar 2011 02:47 PM

Bulimia is categorized as binge eating during which individuals consume large quantities of food and then purge by self-induced vomiting.
A number of serious medical conditions including depression, anxiety disorders, and heart damage have been associated with this disorder.

Common bulimia symptoms include excessive preoccupation with food and consequently with body shape and size, negative self-image, binge and purge behavior, excessive exercise along with excruciating diets, depression, and an extremely low sense of self worth.

Although there is no determining factor or clear cause of bulimia, scientists explain that bulimia nervosa can develop from personality disorders, emotional instability, family as well as educational stress, genetic factors, and peer pressure.
A number of bulimia treatment options are available. These include a mixture of therapies as well as medications. Here are some of the latest breakthroughs:
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor is currently being evaluated as a possible cause for Bulimia nervosa.

Studies are also underway to examine psychosocial treatment for bulimia.

Cognitive behavioral therapy
seems to work both independently and in combination with antidepressant medications for the treatment of bulimia.

Research has indicated positive results from both individual and joint therapy. Individual therapy sessions may include dialectical behavior therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, or even hypnotherapy and autosuggestion. Joint therapy sessions include a patient’s immediate family. Therapy with a trained professional who specializes in eating disorders could help the patient significantly.

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